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What Will It Become

December 20, 2010

Frank’s Highland Park Camera has been for sale since 2005. Last week a new “Available” sign appeared on top of the old Kress Department Store Building (built 1928). Previously the asking price had been $5 million. The 7500 square foot building has been Frank’s for nearly 50 years now. The not really functioning store itself is like stepping into a time capsule that predates the digital era of photography. But with the new broker, a new effort to sell the property and an opportunity to create something different. So what will it become?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2010 9:26 am

    There was a time when you had to pick a number to get service at Franks. It’s where I bought my first camera. A K-1000 single lens reflex. Did so in preparation for my first road trip; accomplished in a used 1973 mustard colored Chevy Vega.

    I hope Frank finds a new life in service to community. Does the building have any kind of historical protection?

  2. Jones Foyer permalink
    December 20, 2010 12:53 pm

    Good to have a couple nice photos of this before it gets changed to 21st Century Highland Park style.

  3. Lara permalink
    December 30, 2010 2:15 am

    There are still products in that store collecting dust, I peer through the window on occasion and always wonder why they would leave things in there, just abandoned! I bet some of it could be valuable too, like.. maybe a roll of film that no one sells anymore.

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